Whether precious minerals like gold or fossil fuels like coal, the Earth yields a bounty - and often suffers for it.
The Earth provides natural resoures that human societies depend on. Extraction of natural resources have made some people rich - and such extraction has also resulted in environmental costs. Overexploitation of natural resources like water and soils exhausts these invaluable resources, while rubble and toxic waste from extractive processes like mining also leave their mark. DW explores the topic of natural resources.
The Republic of Congo holds a presidential election on Sunday which is widely expected to return the incumbent, Denis Sassou-Nguesso. But despite the country's natural resources he's not yet managed to solve high unemployment and slow GDP growth. The oil price slump is only making matters worse.
In many African countries, the wealth in natural resources has not benefited the majority of the local population, fuelling conflict rather than economic development. New transparency rules and certification measures have been drafted for instance in Africa, but a lot remains to be done, Joanne Lebert, Executive Director of the NGO Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) told DW.